After the success of Thorio and Luiki, I decided I wanted to continue on this mash-up cosplay road. I've done straight up interpretations of characters, but lately I've felt that doing a combination of two things provided a chance to be really creative, along with providing a set of fun challenges.
A while back, I bought a Boba Fett helmet and while I wanted to maybe dress up as the iconic bounty hunter, I decided to try something different. After brainstorming and bit of inspiration, I decided to go with Disco Fett. I had seen other interpretations before, but I wanted to make something different.
After some spray painting and the placing of several hundred plastic mirror tiles (eventually trying to place them on a round surface became a challenge on its own), plus the building of a moving disco ball for the antenna, which was built using a spinning lollipop, the idea became a reality. It was a lot of work and I owe a great deal to my fiance' for her work on said antenna, and after a lot of trial and error, it soon came together.
Funny enough, I had a suit and other pieces ready to go, so the helmet was actually the last thing to become part of the final look. Yes, I even had the platform shoes beforehand.
I ended up debuting the costume at Connecticutt Comiconn at the Mohegan Sun and I am happy to say it was another hit. Granted, I am always worried that some of these crazy ideas I come up with will just fall flat, but after doing mash-ups based on characters that people know and love, I think I found a nice track to continue on. Comiconn was of course a great event in general, especially as one walks around, there is an overwhelming amount of creative art, cosplays and cool celebrities at these things. It was kind of odd having it at the casino as well, considering you have in one area, the blasting sights and sounds of the slot machines, and then the colorful and talented people at a comic book convention. I was lucky enough to get a chance to meet some great people, pose with an array of great cosplayers, as well as getting a chance to meet one of my favorite actors, John Wesley Shipp, the star of the 90s Flash TV show as well as the new one currently on television. He was nice and very friendly. Coupled with a day of walking around and taking in the all that is a comic con, it was a heckuva day.
Going forward, I definitely have a few more mash-up ideas, including another music genre meets an iconic character from my childhood. Crazy? Yes. Doable? Most definitely.
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